"Never fall in love during a total eclipse," Larry Gelbart once wisecracked. Sam Shepard's new Ages of the Moon (Atlantic Theater) demonstrates that falling out of love during a lunar eclipse can be dangerous, too, especially if the friend whose shoulder you've picked to cry on is as crustily argumentative as yourself. A short (80 minutes), ruminative mood piece like other recent Shepard works, Ages lacks forward motion; it offers instead the serene circularity of a staged poem. Under Jimmy Fay's direction, Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley play it skillfully.

Looking at trouble spots: Linney, d'Arcy James, and Bogosian in Time Stands Still
Joan Marcus
Looking at trouble spots: Linney, d'Arcy James, and Bogosian in Time Stands Still

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Time Stands Still
By Donald Margulies
MTC/Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th Street, 212-239-6200

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100

Ages of the Moon
By Sam Shepard
Atlantic Theater
336 West 20th Street, 212-279-4200

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